Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"I Get To" Tuesdays

The thought behind this is to list a few things that could come under the category of "Ugh...I have to (you fill in the blank)". However, I want you to look at these "have to's" as blessings of "I get to". We all take for granted such things as our health, jobs, family, friends, etc. and sometimes don't appreciate them or see them as blessings as we should. So here are a few things for me this week.

It's that day of the week again where I reflect on my "I have to's" and find the blessings in them.
  1. When I got home from the writer's conference on Saturday night, my oldest son showed me the holes in the bottom of his sneakers. Big holes made all in the name of skateboarding! So I had the pleasure of taking him sneaker shopping on Sunday afternoon. The one store he really likes is 30 minutes away at the mall. I NEVER go to the mall. Seriously. Especially on a weekend! The only way he found out about this store was by going to the mall with his friends and their moms. Sam and I drove down there in the pouring rain. The mall was crowded, which made me tense. We visited his favorite store and bought him some sneakers. We even found a pair of jeans for him at Penney's and then high tailed it out of there. (Yes, I drove 30 minutes to the mall and only went to 2 stores.) Even though this isn't my favorite way to spend my time, it gave me some one-on-one time with Sam.
  2. While I was away, our garden had another growth spurt. Yesterday, I got to go outside on the hottest day of the year and pick beans, squash and cherry tomatoes. The bugs were out, so in addition to being hot, I got to be itchy, too! However, our fresh veggies are delicious, and we've been able to bless some of our neighbors with our harvest. Oh, we're trying to grow watermelon for the first time, and there are 2 little ones out there on the vine! Very cool!
  3. Today I get to go to the doctor for my thyroid check-up. I had forgotten about the appointment until I received the reminder phone call yesterday, so it wasn't exactly in my plans for this week. I don't like going to our doctor because you can be in there FOREVER! I always take things to do because I know I'll be there for at least 2 hours. At least I have a doctor and health insurance, right?!
  4. This week I get to figure out if my boys have any dress clothes nice enough to wear to a wedding. We typically don't make them dress up for church. Our rule is just no holes and a decent shirt for Easter and Christmas. (Our church is pretty casual.) I'm more worried about finding something for Sam. I'm sure there is something in their closet that he has grown out of and that Cooper can wear. If I don't have anything for Sam, I'll need to check out Wal-Mart, Sal-Val or Goodwill. (Yes, Sonya, I'm another Vonda Skelton!) I'll probably also send a shout out to the moms of his friends to see if anyone has dress shoes that he can borrow. The blessing in this is that our neighbor's son is getting married. He is 20 years old and his fiance is 21. She was diagnosed with brain cancer back in December. In March, her prognosis didn't sound good from what we heard. We're not sure how she is now. We don't know if they're getting married because she is in remission and they figure why wait, or if she doesn't have much time left and they figure they shouldn't wait. Whatever the situation may be, I see it as a blessing for this young Christian couple to be getting married. Please say a prayer for them.
  5. I get to drive my beloved jeep with the broken air conditioning. Thankfully, the first half of the summer was actually cool, and it wasn't an issue. Now that it has finally gotten hot, it isn't very much fun to travel in my vehicle. (Sorry Susan!) However, I love my jeep AND it's paid for! I plan to drive it until it's dead!

That's my "I Get To" list for this week. If you decide to post your own "I Get To" list on your blog, please let me know, and I will post a link to your blog here.

Remember, try to find the blessings in your "I Have To's" and turn them into "I Get To's"!

(By the way, I know I haven't posted anything about the writer's conference yet. I just haven't had the time or the energy in the last 2 days! I'll do it soon!)


Sue J. said...

It really is HOT now. Just keep the ice water on hand in the Jeep and you'll make it!!

Sounds like the business of your days has picked right up where it left off... (sigh!) Vacation/Time to self is extremely fleeting!

Andrea said...

Praying for the young couple and for your doctor visit. Sounds like an adventurous week already. Post us some pictures of those baby watermelons you have growing at your house....there must be a story there somewhere with the cute little guys!
Blessings and prayers, andrea

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I just love this so much! I laughed about you driving 30 minutes to the store - we live 60 miles from the nearest "big" town and me and my daugter drove there last night to go to Lifeway! I love LIFEWAY!! It was so worth it and we stayed in there over an hour just looking at everything and of course buying a bag full :)

Heart2Heart said...


I love this list of Get tos! I can add mine to your list. I get to drive my kids to the beach today, more than 2 hours and I get to walk a good 2 minutes across hot sand just to reach the water.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kelly Combs said...

I love shopping, but NEVER on the weekends.

I really like the attitude behind the "I get to" posts.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Leslie -

Thanks for the link! We had so much fun talking that I didn't even notice the lack of A/C.

Mmm, veggies sound delicious. My "I Get To" Tuesday? I'm scrubbing the kitchen floor - hands and knees style. Argh.

Susan :)

Debra said...

I love the idea you have going here. I just love the way the Lord can take your mind and transform a have to and make it a get to...He is amazing that way!

Blessings to you today!

Truth4thejourney said...

LOL! I got home and went to Good Will store on Monday! It was fun and we all found great deals on cute things. Great tip from the conference.

Sonya Lee

Joyfulsister said...

Amen Leslie..
I enjoyed your visit and enjoyed reading this post. I know about the shoes and skateboarding because I have not a son, but a 12 yr old daughter who uses her shoes as brakes and putting on speed lol.
I was smiling about the Sally shops because I work for the Salvation Army Headquarters (smiles).

Hugz Lorie